nickd717 (4888) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
12oz bottle via trade. Darkest brown in color with reddish hues and a lasting 1.5-finger tan head with good lacing. Very roasty aroma with some anise going on and some bitter espresso notes. The flavor is rather intense for the style and ABV, almost bordering on harsh. Huge roasty ashiness, bitter cocoa, burnt coffee beans, and dark fruits. It’s actually pretty good despite almost overwhelming the palate. Slick mouthfeel and even a bit tannic with medium-plus body and average carbonation. A pretty good porter, and avoided being the 4th drainpour out of 4 beers I’ve had tonight. jrodooo5 (1719) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Pours a dark brown with thick tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is very nice with hints of chocolate. The taste comes across as too malty. The blend doesn’t seem to mix (not well balanced). It just seems like it’s missing something. Not terrible but too bland for my taste. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2011
THOUGHTS: Sort of middle of the road for a porter, but it was tasty and was very easy to drink. Fairly complex in the malt department, but needed a little more hop balance. It tasted better than it smelled.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark red that basically looked black in the glass with a large, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, milk and sour coffee; a little dar and sour fruit; hints of licorice and cola; and ever so slight hints of soured milk and vinegar. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly bitter, light to moderately sour and lightly acidic with a sort of short finish. There was coffee, caramel, sour coffee, a little cola, slight licorice, bakers chocolate, hot cocoa mix, dark and sour fruit, black cherry, very dark chocolate and tobacco. The medium body was oily with tingly carbonation and a slightly astringent finish. Nattyicerulz (8) - USA - NOV 2, 2011 does not count
Not too bad, got this from a friend when she was in Delmar. She was not a porter fan but really enjoyed this one in particular. I can see why, the taste and nose are awesome, all the coffee and smokiness that you would expect with a porter. The palate i felt was lacking, i wanted more. Overall very enjoyable, but not caseworthy Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottled. Poured clear, deep brown with garnet highlights and a short beige head. The aroma picked up ashy black patent roast, smoked malts, and baker’s chocolate.. light vanilla and earthy accents.. not greatly exciting, but not bad. The flavor found mostly chocolate and smoked malts, with lots of ashy roast and earthy bitterness around.. just a tad peppery on the finish. Medium-bodied and very dry on the palate.. lots of roast.. good feel and flow.
properhops (88) - - SEP 21, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgdTdgwjrKI
Appearance: Black, 2-finger tan head hangs out for a couple sips, above average lacing
Smell: Cherry, coffee, roasted malts, carmel + earthiness, bit of nuttiness
Taste: Medium body, smoky, turkish coffee, chalky chocolate finish, mild bitterness, high carbonation
Pairings: Pork barbecue, fish & chips DiarmaidBHK (5919) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Pours black from bottle with a thin khaki rapidly disappearing head. not a lot going on with the aroma. Not getting a lot of maltiness on the tongue. Finish is dry. It tastes like a xerox of a Guinness to me and not a particularly good one. Ret12 (454) - Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2011
For being a smoked Porter I actually enjoy this beer. Normally smokey is not my style but this one is done right. jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of roasted dark and black malts and chocolate. Mild coffee aroma. Light smoke. Dry chocolate finish. Light to medium body. Plain. radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate notes, roasted malts. Flavor is a little thin, but roasted, with a nice chocolate malt flavor. Decent, refreshing for a porter.